Swiss referendums, 1956

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Five referendums were held in Switzerland during 1956.[1] The first was held on 4 March on a federal resolution on a limited extension of price controls, and was approved by voters. The second and third were held on 13 May on a popular initiative "on the grant of concessions for water usage" and a federal resolution on government efforts to strengthen the economy of Graubünden, both of which were rejected by voters. The fourth and fifth were held on 30 September on a federal resolution on changing the breadstuffs law and a petition about decisions on expenditure taken by the Federal Assembly, both of which were also rejected.[1]

Results[edit]

March: Price controls[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 542,425 77.5 19 6 22
Against 157,106 22.5 0 0 0
Blank votes 16,118
Invalid votes 2,899
Total 718,548 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,454,506 49.4
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

May: Water usage[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 266,222 36.9 2 1 2.5
Against 454,831 63.1 17 5 19.5
Blank votes 35,070
Invalid votes 1,369
Total 757,492 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,454,269 52.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

May: Measures to strengthen the economy of Graubünden[edit]

Choice Votes %
For 316,276 42.5
Against 428,561 57.5
Blank votes 19,203
Invalid votes 1,503
Total 765,543 100
Registered voters/turnout 1,454,269 52.6
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

September: Breadstuffs[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 239,890 38.7 4 3 5.5
Against 379,245 61.3 15 3 16.5
Blank votes 21,263
Invalid votes 1,206
Total 641,604 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,459,824 44.0
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

December: Federal Assembly expenditure[edit]

Choice Popular vote Cantons
Votes % Full Half Total
For 276,660 45.5 8 2 9
Against 331,117 54.5 11 4 13
Blank votes 30,926
Invalid votes 1,193
Total 639,896 100 19 6 22
Registered voters/turnout 1,459,824 43.8
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1916 ISBN 9783832956097